Saturday
Apr092016

CSSSN April 9 and 10 Show and Sale!

Please come join a weekend of fun with people from CSSSN and fellow gardeners, interior or in the landscape. Mark Brightwell has recently added Thomas Bohanan and Jeremy Stowe to manage and care for the ponds, plants, and greenhouses. With the volunteer help from some folks in CSSSN and Mark and his landscape design, install, and maintenance crew they've been sprucing the place up and adding new plants.

This is an excellent opportunity to visit Moon-Sun, see the show, catch a workshop with ML Robinson (+others?) and purchase from other vendors that come through town (Jan Emming) or sell here only once or twice a year. COME ON DOWN, in the same day you can make it a "twofer"and  visit Sam's Town or the Las Vegas Wet Lands which are both in the area of Tropicana and Boulder Highway.

We hope to see you!

 

Tuesday
Mar222016

CSSSN April 7, 2016 Meeting Speaker: Jan Emming: Water Harvesting

The meeting is Thursday, April 7, at the Garden Club Building on the west end of the revitalized Lorenzi Park property. The address is 800 Twin Lakes Drive, at the corner of Twin Lakes Drive and Washington. Enter the parking lot from Twin Lakes Drive. Doors open to the public at 6:30 PM; (Board Members and Committee Chairs should be present at least by 6:00 PM). The open meeting begins at 7:00 PM. SPEAKER WILL TAKE THE MIC NO LATER THAN 7:10 PM. 

This segment of our Education Series focuses on water harvesting. "Water Policy" is addressed by different, and sometimes multiple authorities in the Southwest. SNWA has water harvesting projects outlined in Henderson as well as Las Vegas. Many of these projects relate to new construction and development such as harvesting water in road medians.  Currently, Las Vegas does not utilize residential water harvesting, but SNWA strongly supports Las Vegas residential water conservation with the Water Smart Landscapes program.  This meeting will open our eyes to thoughtful larger scale harvesting techniques that on a smaller scale may be applicable to our own small piece of real estate. Please make it a point to attend.

About the Speaker: Jan Emming

Jan is the creator and head honcho at Destination: Forever Ranch and Gardens near Yucca, AZ. He has been building a large xeric garden of cacti, succulents, and dryland plant species since 1999. Capitalizing upon existing water sources such as natural rainfall and flood runoff has been paramount to the success of the endeavor. Jan will discuss what he has learned about this topic in his talk.  He often finds time to travel the Southwest Deserts. He publishes his photo journals on Facebook. If he is not already an individual that you "follow," consider it. With every post there is knowledge gained. When travelling the desert is not possible yourself, it is great to have a friend through which you can take an occasional vicarious journey. Check out this home page on the web: http://dfranch.com/

It is WORLD WATER DAY (Tuesday, March 22) according to Google, and therefore appropriate to publish this journal announcement today! Please start talking with friends about this event and plan to bring them and a bottle of water with you! We can drink a toast to our guest. Club membership is nice, but not required.

TOPIC: "Water Harvesting" 

     

Outings, Trips, and Gatherings:

April 2: Springs Preserve Plant Sale
April 5 to 7: NGC Pacific Region Conference
April 9 & 10: CSSSN Show at Moon-Sun Sale VOLUNTEERS, VENDORS, SPEAKERS WANTED!
April 23: Laura Dearing Elementary School Garden Tour (Email info@csssn.org if you plan to attend.) Address: 3046 Ferndale St, Las Vegas, NV 89121; click here to see the map
April 30: Don Cromwell Cactus Landscape Tour CANCELLED! Don't go!

FALL EDUCATIONAL SPEAKER SERIES CONTINUES: This is what we've done and have planned for our meetings in this series: October: Pete & John Duncombe - Desert Irrigation 101; November: Jean Cote Mountain States Nursery - Desert Appropriate Plant Material; December: Bob Morris - Nopal Cactus; January: ML Robinson - Cactus and Succulent Propagation including Grafting; February: Dennis Swartzell - How Botany Relates to Tree Pruning; March: Angela O'Callaghan - Small Space Gardening; April: Jan Emming - Water Harvesting; May: SNWA Local Water Conservation Programs; and we have plans for more! Follow this program monthly and watch the website for updated topic relevant material. Please let us know what you want to learn!

            

 

RAFFLE and PLANT OF THE MONTH: The April Plant(s) of the Month features several low water use native plants of our local desert(s). Put a little color in the landscape and give the birds and bees and moths something good to feast upon. Buy a handful of tickets and have fun growing your collection and using your outdoor space. (Contributions to this raffle from a couple of the officers, Victor Lindsey, and Moon Sun.)

2015-2016 Officers: Susan Kent, President; Stephanie Thomas, Vice President; Dick Askew, Treasurer; Vicki Yuen, Secretary. At large board members Pete Duncombe, Jay Nietling, Phil Lawton and Thomas Bohannon. Committee Chairs: Joe Murphy and Talise Thomas, Welcoming and Technology. WE SEEK OTHERS! Volunteers for various activities still needed.

Sunday
Feb282016

CSSSN March 3, 2016 Meeting Speaker: Angela O'Callaghan: Small Space Gardening

The meeting is Thursday, March 3, at the Garden Club Building on the west end of the revitalized Lorenzi Park property. The address is 800 Twin Lakes Drive, at the corner of Twin Lakes Drive and Washington. Enter the parking lot from Twin Lakes Drive. Doors open to the public at 6:30 PM; (Board Members and Committee Chairs should be present at least by 6:00 PM). The open meeting begins at 7:00 PM. SPEAKER WILL TAKE THE MIC NO LATER THAN 7:10 PM. 

This segment of our Education Series focuses on ways to utilize small spaces in the landscape. While this is a "cactus club," many of us also grow a few vegetables, and herbs. A good design can incorporate many other lovely non-succulents. With a postage sized back patio, how can this happen? What about that tiny corner that sits empty on the east side of the house? This meeting will help address some of those concerns. 

About the Speaker: Angela O'Callaghan, UNCE Specialist, Social Horticulture


Angela O'Callaghan's areas of expertise are in horticulture, plant science and desert gardening. The programs with which she focuses at UNCE include the development of community gardens, teaching horticulture in the prisons and the Master Gardener program. She is also involved in programs such as Food for Thoughts (a school gardens program), Beginning Desert Gardening, Basic Principles of Landscape Management, Gardening in Small Spaces, and (among others) Variety Trials for Vegetables for local production. Angela is not just a "bookie" PhD from Cornell University. She  gardens. She grows worms and practices composting and all the other stuff. She is a bi-weekly contributor on KNPR's Desert Bloom. Her several published gardening columns are available online at:

http://www.unce.unr.edu/areas/southern/columns/


Please start talking with friends about this event and plan to bring them with you ESPECIALLY IF THEY ARE INTERESTED IN UTILIZING SMALL OUTDOOR SPACES WITH PLANT MATERIAL. Club membership is nice, but not required.

TOPIC: "Small Space Gardening" 

  

Photos from website by "Googling" topic.
 
OTHER ITEMS:

Outings, Trips, and Gatherings:

April 2: Springs Preserve Plant Sale
April 5 to 7: NGC Pacific Region Conference
April 9: TENTATIVE CSSSN Show at Moon-Sun Sale
April 23: Laura Dearing Elementary School Garden Tour
April 30: Don Cromwell Cactus Landscape Tour

FALL EDUCATIONAL SPEAKER SERIES CONTINUES: This is what we've done and have planned for our meetings in this series: October: Pete & John Duncombe - Desert Irrigation 101; November: Jean Cote Mountain States Nursery - Desert Appropriate Plant Material; December: Bob Morris - Nopal Cactus; January: ML Robinson - Cactus and Succulent Propagation including Grafting; February: Dennis Swartzell - How Botany Relates to Tree Pruning; March: Angela O'Callaghan - Small Space Gardening; April: Jan Emming - Water Harvesting; May: Bob Morris - Soils and Amendments; and we have plans for more! Follow this program monthly and watch the website for updated topic relevant material. Please let us know what you want to learn!

       

 

RAFFLE and PLANT OF THE MONTH: The March Plant of the Month is part of the March Madness at Moon-Sun. There are several "Mams" in the raffle along with small-space gardening supplies. Buy a handful of tickets and have fun growing your collection and using your outdoor space. (Contributions to this raffle from a couple of the officers, Victor Lindsey, and Moon Sun.)

2015-2016 Officers: Susan Kent, President; Stephanie Thomas, Vice President; Dick Askew, Treasurer; Vicki Yuen, Secretary. At large board members Pete Duncombe, Jay Nietling, Phil Lawton. Committee Chairs: Joe Murphy and Talise Thomas, Welcoming and Technology. WE SEEK OTHERS! Volunteers for various activities still needed.

Sunday
Jan312016

CSSSN February 4, 2016 Meeting Speaker: Dennis Swartzell: How Botany Relates to Tree Pruning

The meeting is Thursday, February 4, at the Garden Club Building on the west end of the revitalized Lorenzi Park property. The address is 800 Twin Lakes Drive, at the corner of Twin Lakes Drive and Washington. Enter the parking lot from Twin Lakes Drive. Doors open to the public at 6:30 PM; Board Members and Committee Chairs should be present at least by 6:15 PM. The open meeting begins at 7:00 PM

Continuing the fall/winter education theme, we will be learning a bit about botany and trees. The American Forests Big Tree Register website defines trees: “woody plants with one erect perennial stem or trunk at least 9 ½ inches in circumference (3 inches in diameter) at 4 ½ feet above the ground (breast height), a definitely formed crown of foliage, and a height of at least 13 feet.” Some of us have at least room for one real tree in our landscape. The butchery of trees in this area is abundant. By understanding a little botany, perhaps we will avert some of the butchery in our own landscape. Trees are an anchor in the landscape and environmentally important. They provide both strength and grace. They deserve respect and protection. This is an important topic. 

About the Speaker: Dennis Swartzell, Principal, Horticulture Consultants, Inc.

Dennis is a Professional through and through with several recognitions from institutions such as UNLV, UNCE, SNWA, International Society of Arborists, Southern Nevada Arborist Group, and American Society of Landscape Architecture. He is an active member on the Board of Directors of ISA, and maintains active memberships in other related organizations. Dennis is a Certified Master Arborist and consulting arborist. His many years of volunteering and work in the industry support that he "walks the talk" and is a most welcome speaker.


(Other endeavors for which he is noted: Participation of professional peer reviews of five college campus landscape maintenance programs, one military base, and several corporate campuses. These include but not limited to: Rio Hondo Community College, Valeant Pharmaceutical campus, Costa Mesa, CA, Soka University, Aliso Viejo, CA, University of California, Irvine, California State University Long Beach, University of California, Davis, China Lake Naval Air Station).

Please start talking with friends about this event and plan to bring them with you ESPECIALLY IF THEY ARE ENGAGED IN THE LANDSCAPE INDUSTRY. Club membership is nice, but not required.

TOPIC: "How Botany Relates to Tree Pruning" 

           
 
Photos are from pinterest.com by googling botanical nomenclature. Pistacia chinensis 'Red Push', Desert Museum Palo Verde, and Chilopsis linearis
 

OTHER ITEMS:

Outings, Trips, and Gatherings:

  • Feb 13: San Diego Cactus & Succulent Society Show and Sale
  • April 2: Springs Preserve Plant Sale
  • April 5 to 7: NGC Pacific Region Conference
  • April 16: TENTATIVE CSSSN Show at Moon-Sun Sale
  • April 23: Laura Dearing Elementary School Garden Tour
  • April 30: Don Cromwell Cactus Landscape Tour

FALL EDUCATIONAL SPEAKER SERIES CONTINUES: This is what we've done and have planned for our meetings in this series: October: Pete & John Duncombe - Desert Irrigation 101; November: Jean Cote Mountain States Nursery - Desert Appropriate Plant Material; December: Bob Morris - Nopal Cactus; January: ML Robinson - Cactus and Succulent Propagation including Grafting; February: Dennis Swartzell - How Botany Relates to Tree Pruning; March: Angela O'Callaghan; April: Round Table and open Discussion of Experienced Club Members; May: Bob Morris - Soils and Amendments; and we have plans for more! At least one round table or panel discussion will be held with recognized professionals in our area. Follow this program monthly and watch the website for updated topic relevant material. Please let us know what you want to learn!

RAFFLE and PLANT OF THE MONTH: The February Plant of the Month is a recap on Aloes. There is likely no accurate count of the number of different Aloe, including one with a common name of Tree Aloe. Perhaps Kelly Griffin can come back to Vegas and talk to us a bit his work with these "living humming bird feeders." Future sessions definitely concern small space design considerations, soils and amendments, herbicides and pesticides, more irrigation, transplanting, and botany. At least some Aloes will be in the raffle, a few other plants, more pumice, maybe some fertilizer, AND TREE CARE TOOLS. Buy a handful of tickets and have fun growing your collection and adding some tools (THAT MUST BE USED APPROPRIATELY).

2015-2016 Officers: Susan Kent, President; Stephanie Thomas, Vice President; Dick Askew, Treasurer; Vicki Yuen, Secretary. At large board members Pete Duncombe, Jay Nietling, Phil Lawton. Committee Chairs: Joe Murphy and Talise Thomas, Welcoming and Technology. WE SEEK OTHERS! Volunteers for various activities still needed.

 

Sunday
Dec272015

CSSSN January 7, 2016 Meeting Speaker: ML Robinson: Propagation Including Grafting

The meeting is Thursday, January 7, at the Garden Club Building on the west end of the revitalized Lorenzi Park property. The address is 800 Twin Lakes Drive, at the corner of Twin Lakes Drive and Washington. Enter the parking lot from Twin Lakes Drive. Doors open to the public at 6:30 PM; Board Members and Committee Chairs should be present at least by 6:15 PM. The open meeting begins at 7:00 PM

Continuing the fall/winter education theme, we will be addressing a variety of propagation techniques. The January Plant of the Month is Euphorbia platyclada. It is dreadfully ugly, but fun to propagate. Future sessions concern trees, soils and amendments, herbicides and pesticides, more irrigation, transplanting, and design considerations. At least one round table or panel discussion will be held with our own and other recognized professionals in our area. Follow this program monthly and watch the website for updated topic relevant material.

About the Speaker: ML Robinson, Faculty at University of Nevada Cooperative Extension

ML is a favorite guest speaker. This month we get timely advice on propagation. When the weather begins to warm we need to be ready to replant and expand our plant material.

ML's 23-year career in Environmental Horticulture and related fields as an Associate Professor/Specialist for the University of Nevada and the University of Florida has taken him into many deserts and worldly outreaches! He seems to love of life and goes for it full throttle. His adventurous spirit combined with his intellect has produced within him a knowledgeable and yet "crazy kinda guy." ML can be seen embracing trees, snakes, lizards, plants, and sometimes people. He has photographed some of the areas worst examples of pruning, and best examples of holiday decorations.


(Other Programs for which he is noted: Desert Bio-scape (sustainable horticulture), Desert Green (a two-day annual conference and mini trade show), Environmentally Friendly Pest Control, Integrated Pest Management and Training, and Correctional Horticulture Training.)

Please start talking with friends about this event and plan to bring them with you. Club membership is nice, but not required.

TOPIC: "Cactus and Succulent Propagation, Including Grafting" (Photo credit: left, unknown from web, middle and right, ML Robinson)

     

  

OTHER ITEMS:

Outings, Trips, and Gatherings: Cromwell Garden, Springs Preserve, NGC Western States Convention, Spring Show and Sale? All  discussed in open meeting.

FALL EDUCATIONAL SPEAKER SERIES CONTINUES: This is what we've done and have planned for our meetings in this series: October: Pete & John Duncombe - Desert Irrigation 101; November: Jean Cote Mountain States Nursery - Desert Appropriate Plant Material; December: Bob Morris - Nopal Cactus; January: ML Robinson - Cactus and Succulent Propagation including Grafting; February: Dennis Swartzell; March: Angela O'Callaghan; and we have plans for more! Please let us know what you want to learn!

RAFFLE and PLANT OF THE MONTH: We will have a Euphorbia platyclada for display, but not in the raffle this time. Other plants, at least some of which are suitable for grafting or cuttings will be available. Buy a handful of tickets and have fun growing your collection.

2015-2016 Officers: Susan Kent, President; Stephanie Thomas, Vice President; Dick Askew, Treasurer; Vicki Yuen, Secretary. At large board members Pete Duncombe, Jay Nietling, Phil Lawton. Committee Chairs: Joe Murphy and Talise Thomas, Welcoming and Technology. WE SEEK OTHERS! Volunteers for various activities still needed.

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